Eyes On The Street Analysis

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JANE JACOBS- “PAPER ON USES OF SIDEWALKS: SAFETY” Jane Jacobs , that “little old lady in tennis shoes”, who shook the white collar planners of the American cities, had written the book “life and Death of Great American cities”, which was published in 1960. I started reading this essay “Uses of sidewalks: Safety” from that book when I was in my first year and I was so moved and it was so amazing to read about planning which was completely different. This essay really looks at how the crowded neighborhoods were actually a very safe places for the children to play. The most famous phrase was “eyes on the street”, which basically meant that the city becomes livable due to the communities and their neighborhood and the “street ballet” that goes on the street due the…show more content…
I did found many things which she said relevant. She said about “eyes on the street” which should be there continuously. I did found that to be true in the areas like Khetwadi, Girgaon or Masjid. Even if it is 1am in the night there will be middle age uncles sitting in the balcony and playing cards. At 4am one of the light would be turned on as the lady of the house would have just woken up as she has to prepare the meals for the day and also has to fill the water or else the day will be dry. what Jacobs also did agree that there cannot be a continuous watch on the streets but more number of hours the better and safer the street is. the vacant time when there was no watch on the streets of girgaon as only a hour or two, which I feel is pretty impressive. I found that this kind of informal watch plays a better role in keeping the street than the scenario that happens in the suburbs which the building have night watchmen, but they are also sleeping as they do a double shift throughout the
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